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USS Alaska (I)

Screw Sloop-of-War:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard as a wooden-hulled screw sloop of war
  • Launched, 31 October 1868
  • Commissioned USS Alaska, 8 December 1869, CDR. Homer C. Blake in command
  • Sailed for the Far East to show the flag before joining the Asiatic Squadron in May 1871 for the Korean expedition
  • Reassigned to the European Squadron in September after repairs at New York
  • Decommissioned, 5 October 1876, at New York for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 23 April 1878, and assigned to the Pacific
  • Decommissioned, 13 February 1883, at San Francisco
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 20 November 1883, at Mare Island
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,394 t.
    Length 250' 6"
    Beam 38'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement 273
    one 11" smoothbore
    one 60-pdr rifle
    two 20-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Alaska 64k USS Alaska at anchor in Korean waters during the expedition to Korea in May 1871.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63654.
    Robert Hurst and Darryl Baker
    214k Port side view of USS Alaska at anchor, date and location unknown. Note the laundry strung between the main and mizzen masts hanging our to dry.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Catalog No. NH 63526
    Mike Green
    200k USS Alaska at anchor in a European port, circa 1874-1876.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Catalog No. NH 92050. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981.
    Mike Green
    Alaska 189k USS Alaska 20 Stamp (2 of 50) Marshall Islands, 1997.
    Great Fighting Ships of the 50 States appear on a sheet of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the US Department of the Navy in 1798.
    Tommy Trampp

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